“Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion

The design for the Oman Pavilion “Oman Opportunities over time” for the forthcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has been revealed by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time
Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time

The Pavillion design refers the Frankincense Tree, Continue reading ““Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion”

Careem Taxi Oman

Uber may not be in Oman – but the Middle-East’s own Careem Taxi – Oman is. Careem had started in Muscat in May 2017 but stopped at the request of Oman’s government.

Careem Taxi Oman
Careem Taxi Oman

The new Careem service will use Marhaba Taxis (part of the Omani Ingenuity Technologies L.L.C/Suhail Bahwan Group), which currently operate in Muscat as the Careem fleet vehicles. Careem’s fares will start at OMR1.250; which Careem say is “in line with regular taxis”.

Careem intends to operate in all major towns in Oman (presumably through Marhaba) ; I guess this will mean Suhar, Buraymi, Ibri, Nizwa and Salalah and Sur (the home town of Suhail Bahwan)..

Marhaba Taxi Oman
Marhaba Taxi Oman

The Careem interface and app may not be 100% informative or intuitive and unfortunately the same can be said about Marhaba.
Check here for other news about Taxis in Oman

Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sultan Qaboos Al Said has received in Bait Al Barakah Muscat, Oman, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Israeli security & intelligence Ministers.

Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The visit comes in the same Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

Battle of Mirbat

In the far south of Oman is the location of one of the Britain’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) more publicly known battles ‘The Battle of Mirbat’. On 25th October, Prince Harry unveiled a memorial, in Nadi, western Fiji, to one of the key participants, the Fijian Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, of SAS.

View from Jabal Ali - Mirbat - Oman Battle of Mirbat
View from Jabal Ali – Mirbat – Oman

19 July 1972 the Continue reading “Battle of Mirbat”

Oman’s most influential women 2018

Forbes magazine has released its 2018 list of the ‘Most Influential Women’.  Its good to see Oman’s most influential women are included in the list, including a new entrant.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their companies do in their fields within Oman, are Amal Continue reading “Oman’s most influential women 2018”

Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, might meet

The last month has seen a flurry of activity by Oman that seems to be focused on Iran and a meeting between Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani.

This may have been set off by a meeting on March 13th  James Mattis the USA Defense Secretary met with Sultan Qaboos in Muscat .

 

Sultan Qaboos and James Mattis
Sultan Qaboos and James Mattis

 

Following this meeting On March 16th ‘s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs  Continue reading “Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, might meet”

Sur Port Oman looks ready for construction

Oman is on the verge of having a large new commercial port, Sur Port Oman.

Located at Sur in eastern Oman, the proposed port will be part of a growing industrial base focused on the LNG plants and Omani India Fertilizer Company.

Port of Sur meets Oman's Public Establishment of Industrial Estates
Suez Holdings meets Oman’s Public Establishment of Industrial Estates – from Suez Holdings

The feasibility study was Continue reading “Sur Port Oman looks ready for construction”

Cyclone Mekunu aftermath

Cyclone Mekunu brought what is probably Dhofar’s most intense rainfall ever, which in turn brought some deaths (6 reported and perhaps a few more), caused destroyed roads and spectacular waterfalls.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

The effect can be seen by the closure announcment, by the National Committee for Civil Defense, of major road links – shown in a diagram issued after Cyclone Mekunu. As the diagram Continue reading “Cyclone Mekunu aftermath”

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman and has formed to the south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and this will certainly provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

Circulatory windspeeds of around Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”

Shangri La in Oman repositions its hotels branding

Shangri La in Oman the Sultanate’s first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Shangri La in Oman's Al Waha
Al Waha Shangri La

regarding its Branding. The Shangri La in Oman’s Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa is probably the key hotel in Oman, and Continue reading “Shangri La in Oman repositions its hotels branding”